Pursuit (move)

Move data

Type Dark
Category   Physical
Power 40
Accuracy 100
PP 20  (max. 32)
Introduced Generation 2

Effects

Pursuit deals damage, and hits with double power if the target is switching out.

In that case, Pursuit technically has priority +7, meaning it attacks before all other actions and moves.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Darkinium Z and uses its Z-Power, Pursuit turns into Black Hole Eclipse and has base power 100.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Pursuit
Japanese おいうち (Oiuchi)
German Verfolgung
French Poursuite
Italian Inseguimento
Spanish Persecución

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
Heavily strikes switching POKéMON.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Inflicts bad damage if used on a foe switching out.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen An attack move that works especially well on a foe that is switching out.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
An attack move that inflicts double damage if used on a foe that is switching out of battle.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
An attack move that inflicts double damage if used on a target that is switching out of battle.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
An attack move that inflicts double damage if used on a target that is switching out of battle.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The power of this attack move is doubled if it’s used on a target that’s switching out of battle.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Pursuit at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Beedrill
#015 / Bug · Poison
Level 17
Rattata
#019 / Normal
Level 13
Rattata
Alolan Rattata
#019 / Dark · Normal
Level 13
Raticate
#020 / Normal
Level 13
Raticate
Alolan Raticate
#020 / Dark · Normal
Level 13
Spearow
#021 / Normal · Flying
Level 8
Fearow
#022 / Normal · Flying
Level 1
Fearow
#022 / Normal · Flying
Level 8
Mankey
#056 / Fighting
Level 12
Primeape
#057 / Fighting
Level 12
Doduo
#084 / Normal · Flying
Level 15
Dodrio
#085 / Normal · Flying
Level 15
Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Level 1
Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Level 11
Scyther
#123 / Bug · Flying
Level 9
Tauros
#128 / Normal
Level 15
Yanma
#193 / Bug · Flying
Level 30
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Level 1
Murkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
Level 5
Dunsparce
#206 / Normal
Level 8
Scizor
#212 / Bug · Steel
Level 9
Hitmontop
#237 / Fighting
Level 1
Hitmontop
#237 / Fighting
Level 10
Treecko
#252 / Grass
Level 17
Grovyle
#253 / Grass
Level 18
Sceptile
#254 / Grass
Level 18
Wingull
#278 / Water · Flying
Level 26
Zangoose
#335 / Normal
Level 12
Duskull
#355 / Ghost
Level 22
Dusclops
#356 / Ghost
Level 22
Absol
#359 / Dark
Level 10
Metang
#375 / Steel · Psychic
Level 23
Metagross
#376 / Steel · Psychic
Level 23
Deoxys
Normal Forme
#386 / Psychic
Level 25
Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Level 25
Deoxys
Speed Forme
#386 / Psychic
Level 25
Cranidos
#408 / Rock
Level 10
Rampardos
#409 / Rock
Level 1
Rampardos
#409 / Rock
Level 10
Vespiquen
#416 / Bug · Flying
Level 9
Buizel
#418 / Water
Level 18
Floatzel
#419 / Water
Level 18
Honchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
Level 1
Spiritomb
#442 / Ghost · Dark
Level 1
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Level 16
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Level 16
Croagunk
#453 / Poison · Fighting
Level 15
Toxicroak
#454 / Poison · Fighting
Level 15
Yanmega
#469 / Bug · Flying
Level 30
Dusknoir
#477 / Ghost
Level 22
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Level 15
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Level 15
Blitzle
#522 / Electric
Level 22
Zebstrika
#523 / Electric
Level 22
Venipede
#543 / Bug · Poison
Level 12
Whirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Level 12
Scolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Level 12
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Level 5
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
Level 1
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
Level 5
Emolga
#587 / Electric · Flying
Level 16
Bouffalant
#626 / Normal
Level 1
Honedge
#679 / Steel · Ghost
Level 13
Doublade
#680 / Steel · Ghost
Level 13
Aegislash
Blade Forme
#681 / Steel · Ghost
Level 1
Yungoos
#734 / Normal
Level 7
Gumshoos
#735 / Normal
Level 1
Gumshoos
#735 / Normal
Level 7
Crabrawler
#739 / Fighting
Level 13
Crabominable
#740 / Fighting · Ice
Level 1
Crabominable
#740 / Fighting · Ice
Level 13
Type: Null
#772 / Normal
Level 10
Silvally
#773 / Normal
Level 10
Marshadow
#802 / Fighting · Ghost
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

These Pokémon can learn Pursuit as an egg move. Their breeding groups are also shown for reference.

Diglett
Alolan Diglett
#050 / Ground · Steel
Field
Dugtrio
Alolan Dugtrio
#051 / Ground · Steel
Field
Grimer
Alolan Grimer
#088 / Poison · Dark
Amorphous
Muk
Alolan Muk
#089 / Poison · Dark
Amorphous

Learnt in previous generations only

These Pokémon can only learn Pursuit in previous games; check the respective Pokédex pages for full details.

Rhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
Gen 2 — Breeding
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Gen 2 — Breeding
Darkrai
#491 / Dark
Gen 4 — Level up